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5 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Small Business Owners

Posted in Internet marketing by smallbusinessonlinecoach on May 1, 2012

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Owning your own business can be difficult and time consuming, especially if you’re the only employee.  Luckily, technology can ease some of the pressures that come with owning a business. Here are just a few of the mobile apps out there that help manage time, increase productivity and maximize profits.

Phone.com Mobile Office

Many business owners with offices in their houses don’t want clients to know they work out of their home. Having out-of-state clients may also be a concern, as you don’t want them to incur charges to call you.

Some entrepreneurs purchase toll free phone numbers from Phone.com to address these issues.  However, sometimes you just can’t be in the office all day to take calls. That’s where Phone.com Mobile Office comes in.

Phone.com Mobile Office allows you to place and receive calls on your cell phone using your Phone.com office number. This affords business owners the convenience of being mobile while maintaining their professional appearance and access to free communication.

Square

Whether you’re a boutique owner attending craft fairs, a retail company frequenting trade shows or a doctor who makes house calls, this app is for you.

Nobody carries cash anymore, so limiting sales to those who have cash may eat away at your profits.

The Square app turns your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any Android device into a portable register. It is free, and if you go to squareup.com, you may order the free Square credit card reader that plugs into the headphone jack of your device.

LinkedIn

How often do you lose business cards upon returning to the office from an important networking event?   One of the best ways to prevent this is to download the LinkedIn app and add people to your network as soon as you meet them.  It can also be useful to have if you’re interviewing someone and don’t have their resume on hand.

Phone.com Group SMS

If you’ve ever found yourself on the go wishing you could have a “conference text,” then this app is for you.  Phone.com Group SMS allows you to create a text conference by simply entering phone numbers and nicknames.  Everybody in the group will be able to see each other’s nicknames and associated texts.  The best part is that conference participants don’t need to own a smartphone to join in because the app works with any SMS enabled device.

HootSuite

Do you ever find yourself so busy that you are unable to breathe, let alone update your company’s Facebook page throughout the day? HootSuite has a solution that allows you to schedule tweets and posts in advance, and the mobile app is perfect for scheduling these posts on the go. Along with showing statistics about your social networks so you’ll always be in the know, the mobile app allows you to track your growth and progress.

Hoot Suite is a must have for any business owner. Social media has integrated itself into our everyday life, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Social media can be just as influential as brick-and-mortar stores in shaping public opinion. So HootSuite has made it easy to stay on top of your social media updates.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur busy branding yourself or a small retail store trying to expand, these apps will save you time, increase productivity, and assist in accomplishing your daily goals.

I’m curious to know what apps you have found to be useful in the course of running a business.  Tell us below in the comments!

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